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Flood-Prepared Communities

Floods and hurricanes can threaten human lives and cause significant economic and physical damage to communities, including homes, businesses, and infrastructure. From 2000 to 2017, flood-related disasters in the U.S. accounted for more than $750 billion in losses, making it the costliest and most frequent disaster threat in the nation.

Pew aims to reduce these impacts through policies that will modernize federal flood insurance, mitigate disasters, prioritize investments in flood-ready infrastructure, and promote nature-based solutions.

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State Revolving Loan Fund Gains Momentum in Congress

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State Revolving Loan Fund Gains Momentum in Congress

Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Roger Williams (R-TX) introduced legislation in October to create a partnership between the federal government and states to reduce flood risk and save lives. The bill – the State Flood Mitigation Revolving Loan Fund Act of 2018 (H.R. 7037) – would provide low-interest loans to help communities, businesses, schools, and families prepare for floods.

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Congress Again Defers on Reforming Flood Insurance Program

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Despite overwhelming evidence of the need to substantially reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Congress yet again failed to do so. Instead, lawmakers on Dec. 21 renewed the program through May 31—the 10th no-change extension since September 2017, after Hurricane Harvey unleashed catastrophic flooding in Texas.

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Flooding Threatens Public Schools Across the Country

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Flooding is the most costly and common natural disaster in the United States, affecting every region. Last year alone, 36 presidentially declared flood-related disasters inundated 24 states, costing billions of dollars. In addition to homes, these coastal and inland floods damaged roads, bridges, hospitals, and another critical part of communities: schools.

It's Time to Make U.S. Infrastructure Flood-Ready 
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After the Storm: Charleston’s Blueprint for Risk Reduction After Hurricane Hugo